A six-woman navy crew set sait from Goa to circumnavigate the globe, on September 10, a test for the women who have volunteered for the expedition that will see them cover more than 21,600 nauticals miles in eight months. The navy has appropriately named Navika Sagar Parikrama.
The boat, Indian Navy Sailing Vessel (INSV) Tarini is 17 meters long, five metres wide and has a displacement of 23 tonnes. Built at Goa’s Aquarius Shipyard, it has a small engine to power the boat in and out of ports. It is the first all-woman military team and the first Asian women’s team to attempt circumnavigation. Two Indian Navy officers, captain Dilip Donde and commander Abhilash Tomy, completed solo circumnavigation on INSV Mhadei in 2009-10 and 2012-13.
The women will survive mostly on dry rations for most of the journey as the boat has no provision for refrigeration. They will begin their journey with 600 litres of water. An RO plant on board the boat can give an output of 30 litres per hour.